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The Concord Library began as a single room in the Administration buidling with a secretary handing out books. A new wing was added to the Administration building in 1916, and at that time James French Holroyd was appointed as the first full- time librarian. He served until his death in 1920 when Miss Ora Peters was appointed librarian. She served as librarian until her retirement in 1961. Ora’s Office 

The current library, the Joseph F. Marsh Library, formally opened on November 29, 1941.  It was built at a cost of $165,000.00.  
The library has grown from 3,000 volumes in 1920 to over 170,000 items today which include books, microfiche, magazines and bound periodicals. The library has been and continues to be a vital part of the educational program of Concord.

Sallie S. Tuggle - It should be noted that in the above phrase "The Concord Library started as a single room, with a secretary handing out books" is in reference to Ms. Tuggle. While not officially designated as the first librarian, Ms. Tuggle performed as such and is shown in the photo to the right taken from the Concord Echoes identified as "Librarian and Stenographer" from 1906-1915.


Library Directors

James F. Holroyd 1916-1920
Ora Peters 1920-1961
Virginia Fanning 1952-1953
Arthur Flandreau 1961-1969
Virginia Fanning 1969-1970
Lester Smith 1970-1973
Donald Riggs 1973-1976
Roger Lester 1976 (May-Nov)
Michael Pate 1976-1984
Thomas Brown 1985-1995
Robert Turnbull 1996-1997 (Interim)
Stephen Rowe 1998-2012
Connie Shumate 2012-Present
Library Pictures

Library Pictures

Starting Out
1st Librarian (1916-1920)
2nd Librarian (1920-1961)
Marsh Plaque
1940              1960
1963              1970
1987              1995
Using Databases

A “best practices” guide for more effective database searching


The guide is arranged into the following sections:

What are electronic databases?
Which database should I use?
Search techniques
Using search results

What are electronic databases?

Databases provide digital access to publications which can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book reviews
  • Popular magazines

Databases offer access to these publications in various forms including:

  • Citations
  • Abstracts
  • Full text

Which database should I use?

The library subscribes to various databases. For example, some deal with music while others may offer more generalized topics. The current list of databases can be found Above. Most databases have an explanatory description on their respective landing pages.

Planning the search

Limit your search results by implementing one or more of the following:

  • By publication title
  • By citation, abstract or full text
  • Whether it is peer-reviewed
  • By date
  • By subject area

Searching techniques

Several of the library subscribed databases allow for “ advanced “ searching. Advanced searches make use of operators such as ANDOR and NOT. These operators can help add or exclude words from the search results. Searches may be further defined by utilizing the following:

  • Keywords
  • Entire document
  • Document title
  • Publication title
  • Subject
  • Abstract
  • Author

What operators and search limiters you can use will depend on the database.

SciFinder® is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.
In order to access SciFinder you must complete the registration process for your own account which is accessible anywhere on Concord University’s campus. Please note, this database is NOT accessible off campus. Please follow the link below to begin registration of your SciFinder account. Once you complete the registration process, an email from CAS.ORG will be sent to you for finalizing registration (a link in the email is provided). The email for finalizing your setup is valid for 48 hours only. If you do not finalize your account via the link provided within 48 hours, you must complete the registration process again. Also check spam folders if you do not see the completion email within a reasonable time frame.

Please keep you user/pass handy as we will be unable to recover either if you lose/forget them. SciFinder does offer a password reset in the event you lose/forget that information.

To begin registration of your Scifinder account login to the library proxy using your MYCU login/pass then click on the Scifinder registration link located here :Scifinder Registration

Once you’ve set everything up and your account is “live” (working), simply bookmark the logon page at:


Course Reserves
Materials placed on reserve by instructors are located at the information desk. The circulation periods for these items are determined by the instructor.
Click here for information on course reserves

Reserve Request Form - To be used for faculty reserve items - download file

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan service is provided to faculty, staff and current Concord University students. Download and use the form below to request materials. Community borrowers should contact their public library for interlibrary loan service.

Material Request Form - To be used for interlibrary loan / material requests - download file

Copy machines, a digital scanner, microfilm/microfiche reader printer are available. Copies are $.05 a page and require a re-loadable copy card which can be purchased in the library.

Wireless Access
Wireless access is available. Campus wireless information can be found here .

Government Resources

Concord University has been a selective Federal Depository since 1924. Government Documents are listed in the Library's online catalog. Many are integrated into the general collection.

Below are some useful links to various Government sites. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find journal articles?
Print journals may be located in the President's room on the main floor of the library. Online journals can be accessed through the Database Resources (see above).

How do I find journal articles I need?
A generalized guide may be found under the Database Resources (see above) under Guidelines for a concise and simple review for finding articles you need.

How do I find books and use the catalog?
Searching for books and tutorials can be found under Catalog.

What books may I borrow?
The circulating books (which are books you may borrow) are located on the main floor with call numbers A-Z (general collection), QTO A-Z (oversized books, including art), Juv A-Z, FOL A-Z and graphic novels. 

Can I access the online databases for journals from home?
Yes. Under the Databases page, login to the library proxy server and enter your MYCU username/password to gain access to library databases.

Our Staff

Bolt, Jonathan
Jonathan Bolt
Library Associate
Moore, Douglas
Douglas Moore
Information Systems Specialist
Musick, Donna
Donna Musick
Technical Services/Staff Librarian
Shumate, Connie
Connie Shumate
Director of Marsh Library

Information - (304) 384-5371
Email -
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Spring & Fall Semester Hours 

Monday - Thursday 7:45am - 10pm
Friday 7:45am - 4pm 
Saturday Noon - 4pm  
Sunday Noon - 8pm

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED


Instructional Series

How to Access the Library Database Off-CampusHow to Find Academic Journals in InfotracHow to Request Interlibrary LoansHow to Search the Sage DatabaseHow to Save Articles in the Ebsco DatabaseHow to Save Articles in the Infotrac DatabaseHow to Search the Library Catalog